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Samsung smaller tablet finally gets a referesh

Over the course of this year Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) has rounded out its tablet lineup with the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note slab (Sept.), the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet (Sept.), the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet (Aug.), and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (Feb.).  But the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab (Sept. 2010) remained untouched.  And it was starting to look a bit long in the tooth, compared to its other Galaxy family members.

But Samsung just dropped some happy news for prospective Android tablet buyers.  It's refreshing the original Galaxy Tab, rebranding it the "Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus".  

Pretty much everything about the new 7-inch tablet is better than its predecessor.  It's thinner: 9.96 mm vs. 11.98 mm in the previous gen.; it's light: 345 g vs. 380 g; it's faster: 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos ARM Cortex A9, 1 GB of DRAM vs. 1.0 GHz unicore Hummingbird Cortex A8, 512 MB of DRAM.

And it's been upgraded from Android 2.2 "Froyo"/Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" -- distributions better suited for smart phones -- to Android 3.2 "Honeycomb".  It also bumps the resolution on the front-facing camera slightly from 1.3 MP to 2 MP, for better video chat image quality.

Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, seen from different views

Strangely the tablet will first be available in Indonesia and Austria in mid-October.  We're guessing that decision has something to do with the legal mess [1][2][3][4][5] Samsung finds itself in, in its war of lawsuits with Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  Samsung says that in coming months the tablet will "gradually rolled to (sic) globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China."

Hopefully it rolls into the U.S. before the end of holiday shopping, as we're guessing more than a few prospective buyers might be interested in snagging this petite, yet powerful Honeycomb tablet.

Here's a quick reminder of what the Samsung Galaxy product family now looks like, for prospective buyers:
Galaxy Product family

Source: Samsung





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